IDRO: Benelux facilitates cross-border electromobility
Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg set up a joint venture to stimulate cross-border electric driving and charging. The Benelux IDRO, as the joint venture is called – the ID Registration Organization – will give service providers and charging operators in the Benelux ID codes to facilitate the billing.
Employing these unique ID codes, operators and providers can determine which card was used where and when for a certain charging operation so that the appropriate invoice can be sent to the correct customer.
This new IDRO service and website were officially launched today under the Presidency of Belgium at the General Secretariat of Benelux by Alain Maron, Minister in Brussels for Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Cleanliness, and Participatory Democracy.
IDRO has the ambition to remove all obstacles for drivers of electric vehicles in the Benelux countries. The driving range of an electric vehicle is limited. Too often, national borders are a barrier, and it is difficult for drivers of electric cars to get viable information about the location, availability, and cost of charging stations abroad. In addition, drivers of electric cars cannot yet pay at all charging stations abroad with the charging card or app they use in their home country.
As easy as at home
The Benelux countries want to eliminate these obstacles and make driving an electric car easier. Charging abroad will now be just as easy as at home. The main goal is to make electric car charging as easy as fuel refueling to enable electric car drivers to move around internationally without problems.
This unique cooperation, part of the European ID and Data Collection for Sustainable Fuels (IDACS), aims at contributing to the evolvement of environmentally friendly and emission-free transport within the context of the European Green Deal.
‘Piece of the puzzle’
The Benelux countries continue to pioneer sustainable mobility, with 19% of all electric and hybrid vehicles in the EU and 34% of all EU public charging stations located here.
Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld): “With the establishment of IDRO BENELUX, we are sending a clear signal to the sector and all drivers of electric cars: we are fully committed to ensuring unobstructed mobility in Flanders and beyond. […] We are proud of Flanders’ role as coordinator of Belgium’s participation in the IDACS project. In this way, we have contributed to a new piece of the puzzle that we are laying for transportation without pollutants.”
Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Stientje van Veldhoven: “This is an important step in making electric driving an easy and attractive option. Even abroad. Everyone can use their own app or card for recharging and payment, just like in the Netherlands.”
Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg and Minister for Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch: “Users simply want to charge their vehicle after identifying themselves at any public charging station. That is why it is crucial that countries assign ID codes and that all charging cards are accepted throughout Europe.”